Dispositions of Cluster Managers and Their Importance from Czech Cluster Managers’ Points of View

  • Martin Horák, Jana Matošková
  • Organizational Cultures An International Journal, January 2018, Common Ground Publishing
  • DOI: 10.18848/2327-8013/cgp/v18i02/35-52

Which dispositions are important for efficiency of cluster managers

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Photo by Alejandro Escamilla on Unsplash

What is it about?

This article investigates which dispositions needed for cluster managers are the most important according to cluster managers in the Czech Republic. The article also identifies whether there are any gender related differences among cluster managers in their view of the importance of selected dispositions. Regarding the findings, the most important properties are: credibility, reliability, initiative. In addition to properties, cluster managers should have appropriate attitudes, such as: interest in networking and collaboration, interest in presenting the cluster to the external environment and in following current trends in the cluster industry. Considering the hard skills, the highest numbers were related to knowledge of local businesses and research institutions, knowledge of market opportunities within the scope of the cluster and of grant programs relevant to clusters. In the soft skills, ability to actively listen, to communicate information to members, and to motivate others reached the highest mean value.

Why is it important?

There seems to be a lack of theoretical concepts and empirical studies about the role and impact of cluster management. Thus, the article contributes to the research area related to skills and competences of cluster managers. Educators and training agencies could update their programmes on the basis of the findings.


Dr. Jana Matošková
Tomas Bata University in Zlín

We claim that in order to maximize cluster performance, the cluster manager must reach a certain level of holistic eligibility. Thus, he/she needs to have appropriate properties, attitudes, knowledge (hard skills), and soft skills. Lack of any of these dispositions, whether in terms of character traits or skills, often leads to negative consequences for the functioning of the cluster organization. To prevent this from happening, it is crucial to find out which of essential dispositions the cluster manager has, and which are missing or are not properly developed.

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